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Paynesville Press - November 27, 2002

Gymnasts ready for new season

By Mandy Mayer

The Paynesville gymnasts are anxiously getting ready for their first meet of the year, which will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Dassel-Cokato.

"We have a very young team this year," said coach Deb Nehowig. "Our team score will be lower than what it has been in the past."

To graduation, the team lost all-around gymnasts Rachel Koehn and Amy Mueller, who were very valuable to the team last year.

The Bulldogs are looking to see who will replace those two in the varsity lineup.

Returning letterwinners for the Bulldogs are senior captains Tessa Miller and Mandy Mayer, sophomore Ashley Karger, and eighth grader Kacy Nehowig.

Sixteen gymnasts are out for the team this year. They are: seniors Miller and Mayer; sophomores Karger, Abby Lindeman, Katie Nelson, and Ashley Spanier; ninth graders Maggie Frieler and Kayla Nelson; eighth graders Ashley Atkinson, Mari Buttweiler, Celia Frieler, Nehowig, and Brittney Spanier; and seventh graders Cassey Lund, Christine Spanier, and Kristina Stuckel.

The gymnastics team will once again practice and hold their home meets at the gymnasium at the Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds. One change this year will be that eight athletes will compete on each apparatus in junior varsity meets. This means instead of six girls on the bars, six on the floor, six on the beam, and six on the vault, for junior varsity competition each team will have eight compete on each.

For varsity competition, each team will have five athletes compete on each apparatus, with the top four scores counting towards the team score.

Coach Nehowig's goal is to have the girls reach a team score of 120 by the end of the season. She thinks if the team works hard, the potential is there to do this.

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